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Three To See 2015: Circus

By | Published on Wednesday 5 August 2015

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ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses tips three shows from the Fringe’s growing circus programme.

The Elephant in the Room
So, folks, if you do still think that circus is all about lion tamers, trapeze artists and grumpy clowns, it’s time to take a look at what modern circus practitioners are doing, and here’s a very good one to start you off. This world-class company present the UK premiere of what’s described as an “hilarious fusion of world-class circus, film noir and physical theatre”, and it doesn’t look to me like there’s a ringmaster in sight.
Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, from 7 until 29 Aug

Ringside
This sounds utterly breathtaking, but I bet it will sell out quickly because this is a one-to-one performance which only lasts for about ten minutes. Ringside. A girl on a trapeze. The ghost of every glamorous girl you’ve ever seen on a trapeze high up in the big top, performing to the roar of the crowd. But she’s up-close in this intimate one on one aerial performance made for your eyes only. You can hear her breathing, watch every muscle twitch, see the bruises as her body performs revolt not acceptance. Get booking.
Summerhall, from 5 until 29 Aug

Sonics in Toren (pictured)
Renowned international circus troupe Sonics return to Edinburgh with ‘Toren’, which is set in a land of make believe where dreams come to life; as wishes are granted, the performers twist, spin and defy gravity in an extraordinary display. If you like acrobatics (who doesn’t like acrobatics?) then this should be a real treat for you.
Gilded Balloon, from 5 until 31 Aug

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